Montpelier Motor Speedway To Host USAC National Sprints and USAC Indiana Midget Week Events in 2016
The United States Auto Club (USAC) will make a pair of noteworthy stops during the 2016 season to the historic Montpelier Motor Speedway on April 23rd and May 31st. The first USAC event will bring the always popular and ultra competitive Amsoil USAC National Sprint Cars series to the east central Indiana bull ring on Saturday, April 23rd. The stop will serve as the first USAC national sprint car appearance at the 113 year old racing facility. A second USAC appearance is slated for Tuesday, May 31st and will showcase the first night of Indiana Midget Week an event featuring 6 consecutive nights of Midget racing spread throughout Indiana speed plants. USAC Midget Week routinely draws the best Midget and moonlighting Sprint drivers from across the United States, New Zealand, and Australia.
In USAC Sprint Car competion, Rocklin, California’s, Robert Ballou (a 2014 Montpelier Motor Speedway Feature Winner) picked up the 2015 Amsoil National Sprint Car Championship edging Dave Darland, Chase Stockon, Brady Bacon, and Jon Stanbrough while retiring driver, Tracy Hines, picked up the 2015 USAC National Midget crown. California’s Rico Abreu picked up the 2015 USAC Indiana Midget Week title edging Bryan Clauson by a single point.
Kokomo, Indiana’s Shane Cottle and legendary car owner, Paul Hazen, swept Montpelier Motor Speedway non-wing competition in 2015. USAC regular top 20 drivers Ballou, Dave Darland, Jon Stanbrough, Kevin Thomas Jr., Justin Grant, Jerry Coons Jr., Landon Simon, and Logan Jarrent all made 2015 Montpelier starts. In Midget competition, Chett Gehrke, Spencer Bayston, Justin Peck, and Shane Hollingsworth all scored Midget feature wins at Montpelier while Gage Walker won the MMS Midget Track Championship.
The Montpelier Motor Speedway, which began racing in 1903 and hosted its first automobile race in 1915, is one of America’s oldest remaining racing facilities. Sprint car racing first came to Montpelier in the late 1940’s in the form of “Big Cars”. While the east central Indiana ¼ mile clay oval has a historic past, the facility has seen many major modern upgrades the past four seasons including new restrooms and bleachers along with the addition of many safety features such as a new catch fence system along with a new front stretch wall, lighting system, and runoff area. The Montpelier Motor Speedway commonly competes weekly on Saturday Nights with its popular Modified and Stock Car divisions, and is also the host to the popular Montpelier Motor Speedway Midget series.
USAC is one of the oldest running sprint car sanctioning bodies in the country. From 1956 to 1979, USAC sanctioned the United States National Championship, and from 1956 to 1997, the organization sanctioned the Indianapolis 500.
The who’s-who of USAC is a list of some of the greatest drivers in the history of the sport. Former national sprint car champions include Parnelli Jones, A.J. Foyt, Johnny Rutherford, Gary Bettenhausen, Levi Jones, Rich Vogler, Kenny Shrader, Dave Darland, Jack Hewitt, and current NASCAR stars Tony Stewart, J.J. Yeley, Jeff Gordon, Cole Whitt, Kasey Kahne, Ryan Newman, Josh Wise, and Kyle Larson all competed as USAC regulars. 2015 Indianapolis 500 starter Bryan Clauson is also a two-time USAC sprint car champion.
Saturday, April 23rd
USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars
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Gates Open – 3:00PM
Hot Laps – 5:00PM
Racing – 6:30PM
Racing Curfew – 11:ooPM
General Admission – $20
Kids (12 and Under) – Free (with paid adult)
Pit Pass – $30
Entry Fee – None
Competitor’s License – $20
A Montpelier Motor Speedway Competitors License is required to race at the Montpelier Motor Speedway in a MMS Track Championship points paying division (excludes all sprints and TQ series). This is a one-time license that must be completed upon your first race at the Speedway each season. Once this license is purchased, it is good for all remaining racing events at the Montpelier Motor Speedway. The fee for the license is $20.00 per season and is required for payout following the event. A link to the form is available on our website (www.montpeliermotorspeedway.com/driver-forms) for your convenience
Montpelier Motor Speedway
East Central Indiana
700 South Jefferson
Montpelier, Indiana 47359
Conveniently located 15 miles from Interstate 69 Exit 264 (Indiana Highway 18)
Size and Configuration – 1/4 Mile Clay Oval With Sweeping Corners; 10+ degrees of banking in corners and backstretch.
Year Built – 1903 as 1/2 Mile Horse Track
First Automobile Race – May 5, 1915
Seating Capacity – 3,200
Parking – Free parking located near main grandstand entrance
Family Section Seating – A designated area for family seating is located in the grandstands directly behind the flag stand. The consumption of alcoholic beverage in the family section is prohibited.
Coolers – Insurance regulations prohibit the carry in of any cooler
Camping – Free overnight primitive camping is allowed. Self Contained Campfires Permitted. Please no wood with nails. Self Clean-Up Required
Alcohol – The Alcohol and Beverage Commission prohibits the carry in of any alcohol. Beer is sold at the track. ID is required.
Souvenir Stand – Fully stocked souvenir stand (includes MMS T-Shirts, Hoodies, Pictures, and MMS Programs)
Kids Stand – Fully stocked family/kid souvenir stand (includes kid’s toys and novelties, racing flags, safety glasses, hearing protection, etc… Items starting at .50/$1.00)
Restrooms – New clean Men and Women’s restroom located behind the main grandstands. Pit side restroom is men only.
Concession Stand – Wide range of food and sides and cold/hot drinks located behind the main grandstands. Dual lines to purchase food available from spectator area. Picnic tables spread throughout the facility.
Pets – Pets are not allowed in the grandstand area.